Monthly Archives: September 2015

Places of Creative Inspiration

  

Have you ever been to a specific place and felt a kind of “one-ness” with your creative spirit? 

It’s kind of like going somewhere and feeling like some part of you, or maybe one of the characters in your Work-In-Progress could’ve lived or visited there. You KNOW this place.

And if you haven’t yet had the opportunity to experience such a thing, well, when you do, it might feel as though you’ve been given a gift of insight. 

  

This view is from the outside of the building in the first photo. 

This is a shelter underneath a rocky outcropping. People LIVED there a longgg time ago.

  

And this last photo is of something I’ve    placed on a different creative spot, to celebrate the beginning of Fall. I’ve built a scarecrow on a site which was the location of a local crafts person’s blacksmith shop somewhere between 1930-1940. 

  

 

These are all stories I’d like to share, and honor those creative people whose voices will guide me. 

The photographs are my visual shorthand for time, setting and character, and when I look at them–I’m THERE!.  Best of luck to you on your creative journey, too.

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Color, Character and Function

  

Several of my characters in a current writing project are part of me and people that I’d wish I’d known when I was younger. I am getting to know them now. We are having a wonderful time, and I must say–not every one really understands what writers or illustrators mean when they say their characters “speak” to them, or if they mention an idea came to them in a “vision.”  What a pity, I think, for those who cannot imagine. 

I needed a carrying case for one of the dulcimers. Well, one of my characters said she needed one too, so we made one together. She’s a colorful lady herself, and pretty outspoken. We hand stitched the pieces and spent WAY too much time trying to figure out a way to join the sides together without the seams showing. 

That project is completed now, and while my character may finish a few of her household chores today, like ironing, she could just as easily make some tea and music. 

I’ll get something creative accomplished today and hope you will, too. 

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